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What Happens in Our Bodies When We Experience Inflammation?

Your body could be experiencing inflammation, but you might not know it yet. Not all inflammation is bad; the body naturally swells to help it recover after an injury or infection. However, sometimes the body produces an inflammatory response when there isn’t anything to heal and the cells that typically protect us begin to do the exact opposite. When the immune system starts attacking healthy cells, the real trouble starts.

The body thinks you need protection, so it moves chemicals from white blood cells into the blood or tissues. Blood flow is increased to a particular area, causing redness, warmth, swelling and pain. As white blood cells increase and settle in your joints, the body experiences long-term irritation and cartilage loss. Inflammation can damage healthy arteries, organs and joints, leading to chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and more.

There are a number of symptoms people experience with chronic inflammation. Pain, fatigue, insomnia, mood disorders like depression or anxiety, gastrointestinal issues or weight gain can all be signs that additional problems are happening inside your body. Doctors can test the blood to help them diagnose inflammation. Markers like serum protein electrophoresis (SPE), C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) can all point to inflammation if abnormalities are observed.

 

Woman in pain

 

The good news is there are ways to encourage normal inflammation responses. For starters, don’t smoke, limit your alcohol intake, manage your stress, and exercise regularly. Next, make a big impact by being intentional about your diet and supplements.

Some foods and beverages stimulate inflammation while others are able to fight it.  

Foods to avoid:

  • Refined carbs
  • Processed meat and snacks
  • Sugary treats and drinks
  • Fried food
  • Trans fats

Foods to enjoy:

  • Fruits and veggies: Greens, berries, avocados and olives
  • Healthy fats: Olive oil and coconut oil
  • Fatty fish: Salmon, sardines and anchovies
  • Dark chocolate
  • Turmeric
  • Green tea
  • Red wine (phew!)

In addition to a balanced diet, supplements can help when you aren’t eating enough or don’t enjoy the taste of certain vital anti-inflammatory foods.

Omega-3

 

salmon and anti-inflammatory foods

 

Eating fish like salmon is a great way to get your omega-3 fatty acids. Known for their powerhouse properties that promote defense against free radicals, omega-3’s help encourage joint, bone, and tissue health. If you don’t typically gravitate toward salmon on a menu, try Smarter Omega 3 to support your daily supply of high quality fatty acids.

Curcumin

We’ve all heard of turmeric, but curcumin is the unsung hero. Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric that has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines as treatment to support defense against free radicals. However, it can be extremely difficult for the body to absorb on its own. With Smarter Curcumin, by packaging it with black cumin seed oil, an essential fatty acid, the body is able to better absorb and benefit from curcumin's potent properties.

Vitamin D

Many people don’t get adequate vitamin D from the sun. Smarter Vitamin D3 is formulated with the most premium plant source of active vitamin D3 and the addition of vitamin K2 to protect the body.

Smarter Joint Food

Smarter Joint Food contains seven major ingredients to help encourage joint nourishment and healing. Collagen, MSM, turmeric, CMO, bromelain, vitamin C and lipase work together in our science-backed formula to support joint mobility and function.

 

 

 

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